But what exactly is worrying?
Worry is defined as distress caused by something that you might possibly experience in the future. The object of worry could be anything from a presentation you have to give in 30 minutes to developing a serious health condition 20 years from now.
While there’s no way to completely rid yourself of these thoughts, it is possible to significantly reduce their negative effects.
Here are seven tips to keep in your back pocket for keeping your worries under control.
1. Try mindfulness meditation
Practicing mindfulness meditation involves focusing your attention on the present moment. This can help tame racing thoughts. Clinical psychotherapist Kevon Owen explains that mindfulness meditation is “designed to take you out of your mind.”
The next time you are feeling overwhelmed, follow these steps:
- Find a quiet place where you can relax comfortably.
- Close your eyes and take a deep breath.
- Notice your thoughts without passing judgement on them.
- Gently return to your usual pattern of breathing.
- Continue letting your thoughts pass for 10 minutes while you sit comfortable with your eyes closed.
Kevon Owen is a contributing writer in this article. It is available to read at this link.
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